Fling Tactile Game Controller gives serious iPad players a winning edge

Feb 4, 2011
Games

If you’re like me, you really hate “finger drift” when using the virtual, on-screen joystick in your favorite iOS games. You know the feeling. You’re trucking along, doing just fine, when your sweaty finger slides across your iPad screen and out of range of a visual joystick. There goes another life, and those all-important power-ups […]

If you’re like me, you really hate “finger drift” when using the virtual, on-screen joystick in your favorite iOS games.

You know the feeling. You’re trucking along, doing just fine, when your sweaty finger slides across your iPad screen and out of range of a visual joystick. There goes another life, and those all-important power-ups and score boosts.

After a few days of attaching one of Ten One Design’s Fling Tactile Game Controller for iPad ($19.95) to my tablet, I can safely say that this little add-on gives serious iPad gamers perfect, silky smooth control with just the right amount of tactile feedback.

It all adds up to a must-buy peripheral, right behind a protective case, for all new iPad owners with an interest in gaming. Once you try one, you’ll want a second. So do yourself a favor, and grab a two-pack for just $10 more. Best of all, in my tests with three different iPad cases and two kinds of screen protectors, the device performed perfectly in every configuration. No need to worry about your case or screen covering getting in the way of the fun.

As expected, the developers at Ten One Design have come up with a very novel solution to iPad gaming angst in the Fling. It’s a physical controller that mimics the circular on-screen directional pad (D-Pad) found in most games, and it adheres to the iPad through a pair of suction cups. Lock it in the perfect spot, and you’ll have smooth, 360-degree rotation along with a bit of physical resistance to give you solid control.

So no matter if you’re addicted to Pocket Legends, Across Age or Super Megaworm, the Fling stands ready to take your game to the next level. And with the ability to move the device to any location on your screen, there’s no worry about the actual location of the on-screen D-Pad. Just move it to where you need it, and off you go.

The icing on the cake? The device is transparent, so you can see right through it. Plus, the small bag the Fling ships in doubles as a screen-cleaning cloth, so you can buff up your iPad screen anytime you want to get your game on.

You can order yours via Ten One’s website at http://www.tenonedesign.com.

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Tim McLain

Tim McLain is a freelance writer and an online marketing manager, helping serious researchers and students find and make use of the best online content found on the deep Web. His passion for all things computers/tech started when he was a teenager, working with his twin brother to set up a C64 BBS in their bedroom.

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